The other night I wanted a rice bag/heating bag so badly because I was freezing and it was time to turn the heat down and go to bed. I looted the mismatched socks pile in the laundry room and found a single, long gym sock. I filled it just over half full of raw, white rice, tied a knot at the end, and threw that baby in the microwave for two and a half minutes. Ahh! Suddenly the coldest room in the house got a lot warmer.
I plan on sewing a few heart shaped rice bags for the kids for Valentine’s Day. I’ll post a few pictures and a quick tutorial when I do.
If you don’t know what a rice bag is, here’s a quick description: It’s a cloth bag filled with raw, white rice that can be put in the microwave, then used as a heating pad for sore muscles or to warm you up on a cold night. You can use them over and over for months (or years!). To heat in the microwave, start with one minute and add on time depending on how big the bag is and how hot you want the rice. For reference, I heated the sock for 2.5 – 3 minutes. You don’t want to scorch or burn the rice inside the bag. (It would still be usable, but makes the microwave smell bad.)